Rev David Tyler's Letter to the Church Times  24th August 2018

Blow to public commitment to recycling plastics

From the Revd David Tyler

Sir, — I have been struck by the lack of outcry, given recent media reports that many of the plastics that we have sorted have gone to landfill or been incinerated (BBC News, 4 August). I find myself more surprised by the lack of outcry than the lack of recycling.

For years, many of us have been sorting plastics in the belief that they would be recycled, whereas it appears that current technology and the mix of polymers in many plastics is letting us down, and that much of what could be recycled is, in practice, not.

I wonder what will happen in the future now that this news has been publicised. Will people take less care to sort plastics, knowing that much of their sorting is in vain? My hope and prayer is that Christians especially will continue to recycle and encourage our local councils and Government to look for better ways to recycle more.

DAVID TYLER
The Rectory, Long Hanborough
Witney OX29 8BT

 
 

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